Kendo is considered budo. It has competition. Im not trying to liken shodokan to kendo, but their aims are the same. Spiritual/physical advancement. We pursue it in our own way. As for your comment "americanised tomiki bull", i can assure you it is not. shodokan is pure japanese. And, on a sidenote, i once got good edvice from a poster on this site (ubaldo)---"No need to be diselegant."